Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

Perception Counts, Even in Apartment Maintenance

I rarely get called Mr. Blackwell, although one colleague insists on greeting me that way. Just so you know, I’m no relation to the fashion czar who ruled Paris and Rodeo Drive until his death a decade ago. You may recall that his designs had no boundaries and that annual style lists of the rich[]

Water Conservation Multifamily

How Water Conservation is Impacting the Apartment Industry

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the U.S. has made substantial progress against the drought that has persisted in recent years. In January, 71.2 percent of the contiguous U.S. had no drought, compared to 53.6 percent a year ago. Water reservoirs are back to normal or exceeding capacity in some parts. Water conservation[]

Student Housing Multifamily

Turning Student Housing Units Quickly and Cost Effectively

Having a well-orchestrated plan for turning student housing units is as essential as a well-written mid-term paper. Because providers require all units to be turned at once, sound project management and a seamless plan are necessary to keep a steady workflow. A hiccup with a contractor can be costly and potentially jeopardize inventory availability. Creating[]

Compliance in Multifamily

Keeping Properties in Compliance with ADA and Fair Housing Laws

There seems to be an increase in activity in the monitoring of accessibility compliance at multifamily properties across the country. 2015 brought us the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). ADA protects against discrimination based on disability and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations. Since most multifamily properties have a leasing office and common area[]

apartment marketing

What’s New in Social: Reactions, Messages and Videos

It’s crucial for property management professionals to find innovative ways to connect with prospects and generate business, and social media is a powerful tool to help. For this reason, Property Management Insider has created a weekly series to keep readers up-to-date on the latest trends and updates in social media to support apartment marketing efforts. Here’s[]

Paint in Multifamily

More Bang for your Bucket: How Paint Can Save Your Property Money

In the world of touching up or repainting to turn or redevelop apartments, what you see is really what you get. Using cheaper paints may look good at first glance but in certain lighting situations can show the wear and tear on walls caused by previous occupants. Using quality paint could save money for apartments[]

property maintenance

3 Ways Your Property Maintenance Staff Can Become More Likable

You couldn’t help but like Dwayne Schneider, the Casanova-wanna-be superintendent who sauntered into our living rooms in the 1970s. Clad in a white t-shirt, blue jean vest and pants and tool belt, the slender, stylish Schneider became America’s lovable maintenance man who flushed the stereotypes of overweight and sloppy apartment repairmen in “One Day at[]

Electronic Signature Solutions

4 Things to Look for in an Electronic Signature Provider

The advent of the electronic signature has been celebrated in every contract-laden business, and ours is no exception. The electronic signature frees renters from a trip to the front office during leasing, making the leasing process convenient and paperless while saving the front office staff time. Now renters can take care of leasing from front[]

multifamily conferences

Top Multifamily Conferences in 2016

Holy conference season for 2016! Let’s face it, budgets get smaller, time more precious, and we have too much to do at the office to leave for more than a minute. And then there are many multifamily industry conferences offering everything under the sun we’ll need to help us do our job more efficiently (and[]

document management software

Defend Your Data with Document Management Software

In the property management business, too much data is still vulnerable to theft or destruction. Security concerns are more widespread than ever—and for good reason.  Even if you’re keeping documents under lock and key, you might not be as secure as you think.

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